Two chaperones accused of deriding students as “sluts and whores” for dancing too closely at the Manitou Springs prom last April only wanted to “keep kids safe,” they said in an apology letter to The Gazette.
Hannah Rockey and Jennifer Farmer agreed to apologize and make a cash donation to the Manitou Springs High School prom fund under a mediation agreement that resulted in the dismissal of misdemeanor harassment charges against them.
“We truly regret that the evening was less enjoyable than you hoped for,” the pair said in a statement addressed to attendees of the city’s prom dance, held April 21 at Manitou Springs City Hall. The statement was emailed to The Gazette on Saturday by attorney Josh McDowell. “Our intention was to keep kids safe while ensuring that they had a good time, and we failed some students in that regard.”
The women, both 42, were accused of hurling epithets and spraying a cleaning substance of some kind – they claim it was Febreze – to discourage dirty dancing.
The pair told police children were simulating sex acts on the dance floor. Eight students said they were left choking and battling teary eyes after getting hit with a chemical spray during the encounter.
The amount of the cash donation wasn’t made public.
Here’s the full text of the mandatory apology.
“To those attendees of the 2012 Manitou Springs High School prom who were offended by our actions and statements, we would like to extend a sincere apology. We take full responsibility for the actions and language that led to feelings of harm of those attending. We truly regret that the evening was less enjoyable than you hoped for. Our intention was to keep kids safe while ensuring that they had a good time, and we failed some students in that regard. For this we extend our heartfelt apologies.”